This is Solaris. She’s just a couple years old (or maybe a few) and she’s currently couch-surfing while she waits for her humans to find her. I went to the edge of the Rocky Mountains to meet her (and her foster humans) at a gas station. She got out of their car and into mine and we drove off (back into the mountains). I always imagine this exchange (“dog-napping” rather; there’s really no exchange) must sound some alarms for a dog being handed off to me. Solaris wasn’t bothered. She jumped into my car as soon as we met. She seemed excited on the drive, but was relaxed enough to lay down and smile at me. We did a hike tethered as a team, but Solaris would probably say she did all the work on the way up. She smiles big and frequently. It seems like she loves smiling (it might be her favorite). She also loves snacks (who doesn’t?) and running water (this is can oftentimes be the best water). She fervently attacks and eats running water. We encountered a few other dogs and humans today - we moved off the trail for both. Solaris loves people and barks at dogs. I’m told she can be reactive to some dogs, but not others (I suppose that also describes every human’s intraspecies reactivity). After the hike, we did some sightseeing on a few other short trails where Solaris enjoyed many more snacks. Once we got back in the car I took out my sandwich and Solaris insisted all food rations were now to be shared. Sounded reasonable. She slept the whole way back to the gas station where she switched cars and temporary humans once more. Do you know someone who would love a smiling dog like Solaris whose not afraid to go after what she wants in life? Let them know she’s available for adoption at @pawsitivematchrescue in Calgary. #adoptable Beaming Solaris smiles to Stephanie Kers in Calgary for ongoing support of these adventures with adoptable dogs.
↠GIVEAWAY↠ I know how fortunate I am with this home-finding project to have your loyal support (so loyal it rivals that of a good dog). I take the responsibility with each dog very seriously and try my hardest to showcase adoptable pups in a way I hope they would want to be showcased. I can never thank you enough for your part in the increasing momentum of this message. #fortheloveofdogs All of you who comment on posts, share dogs to your stories, and tell your friends about this project are huge contributors; without this ongoing support, there would be no project. To thank you Instagram supporters I’m giving away the first 10 @trailsandbears decals and Beans is giving away his favorite lumpy bed (see videos). To enter the draw: ↠ ↠ Tag someone you know who loves dogs and mountains. Extra entry if you tell them what they might like about the strange adventures here. 🐕🏔 ↠ ↣ One tag per comment. ↠ ↣ Each tag is one entry. Know a lot of crazy dog people? There’s no limit on entries. Winners will be contacted for mailing address in September 18, 2019. #stickers #giveaway Decals are also available at cost when paired with any project contributions. For details click the link in my bio.
This is Buddy. He’s not what you’d call a “mature one year old” (but you would call him one year old). Our buddy Buddy came to Canmore yesterday with my [human] buddy Sammy. Buddy made Anna’s (the dog) and Beans’s acquaintances and enjoyed an hour of hooliganing with Anna before loading up with the canoe. He struggled with the logistics of getting into the canoe, but was easily lifted. It took some time, but not much, for Buddy to gain the confidence to walk around (jump around/jump on us) in the canoe. We made our way to terra firma as Buddy started to relax and be himself (full hooligan = not conducive to keeping a dry, upright crew). Buddy was as excited about the sandwich after as I was, but without thumbs or experience with zip-locking bags, he had no choice but to use teeth and claws on the sandwich bag. Buddy is a hungry boy (despite being well fed) which is pretty handy if anyone wants to teach him anything. Buddy plays very well with others (dogs), and couldn’t wait to see Anna again post-paddle. If you know someone who would love a bright, energetic young lad, let them know that Buddy is available from @garciarescue. #adoptable Mouthy thanks from Buddy for all your love for the doggos, Sammy and everyone else who supports this project on and offline. The dogs are lucky to have each one of you on their team.
This is Hopey. She’s young and curious. Unlike some pups, she hesitates slightly to assess new situations, so you can be sure she’s brighter than the average pup. She’s sweet, soft, and will follow the right person anywhere. She was nameless when I dog-napped her for a few days from the Greater Moncton SPCA in New Brunswick and they said I could name her. My dear old dad suggested “Hopey” and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for this bright, kind spirit. Hopey slept over for two quiet nights and she did all of her peeing and pooping outside. (That’s quite amazing by puppy standards. #puppystandards) She met Kitty and Pontiac (two dogs whose humans are my parents, so I suppose that makes them my stepsister and stepbrother). She came for a little rip on the four wheeler and went for a short flight to a small island called Grand Manan. She slept for most of the flight, but woke up for the landings seemingly to suggest a less bumpy path to the pilot. We went to a lighthouse where we saw seals, seagulls, and whales right from the shore. (I’m not sure if Hopey has seen whales from land before, but after a couple decades exploring along Canada’s Atlantic and the Pacific coasts, this is the first time I’ve seen whales from land.). Hopey is the perfect pal for exploring and she puts a huge smile on everyone’s face. I’m pretty sure she’s the reason we were offered rides between runways, lighthouses, and coffee shops by strangers on the island. (One sweet lady who gave us a lift did forewarn me that she planned to push me out “and keep the dog”. She was full of bologna, it turns out.) If you know someone who would love a tiny, very (extremely) good looking adventure dog, let them know that Hopey (and her siblings) will soon be available for adoption from @monctonspca. #adoptablepuppies Special thanks to my ma and pa for giving me and Hopey a (mostly) smooth flight and coastal tour.
This is Joey. She’s nine years old. I met her at the SPCA in Moncton, New Brunswick this week. She came with me for a drive down country (a phrase which here means “south along the Bay of Fundy”). Joey had a recent dispute with another dog so we made a plan to go where we’d have our own space for the day. She didn’t bother to hide her eagerness to get into the car. She loaded clumsily, but happily. She watched everything go by for a few minutes before settling in to nap until arrival at wherever we were going. We bushwhacked to a waterfall-fed swimming hole where Joey went for a dip. She managed her way on the slippery rocks and up the steep access. We became pretty attached in a short time and Joey followed me with excitement and perhaps trust. We continued down country to Fundy National Park to check out the world’s highest tides, beautiful covered bridges, and to pick up some baked goods in Alma. At each stop, Joey roused from her cozy napping spot to see what we were getting up to. She would love a family who will include her in the day with cuddles at home, car rides, walks, picnics, et cetera; Joey wants to participate. We did see a few other dogs on our outing. Joey showed no reaction to them, but we kept space nonetheless. If you know someone who would love this sweet old girl for the rest of her days, let them know she’s waiting to meet them at @monctonspca. #adoptable Special bear hug from Joey to Cathy Golin for fuelling this odd day out ‘n’ about.
This is Tatum. She’s 10 weeks old and her hobbies include pillow fights, snacking, and napping. She’s quite outgoing for such a vulnerable tiny animal. She acts as though she’s never encountered a bear or a wasp before. Tatum left her brother and foster buddies to come to Canmore for a sleepover and an early morning road trip. We arrived to a starry sky at Moraine Lake (too early to see much), but Tatum was anxious to go smell what’s out there. After some exploring, socializing, and napping, we set out on the lake for a paddle. Tatum’s paddling style is similar to mine: low energy, high level of snacking. We went to the end of this world famous lake that is unoccupied by humans. We disembarked to sit on a huge lakeside boulder. While I was being extra careful not to let Tatum (clumsy puppy) fall off the boulder, I let my third favorite camera roll off and into the clear lake. I could see it perfectly, perched precariously 6 feet under on a steeply declining bank. Tatum looked at me without anything helpful to say. She was, however, extremely patient while I thought as hard as I could think about how to get my camera back. (I wasn’t going in that water, but I also wasn’t leaving Tatum’s footage for the day in the lake). I had a paddle, a leash, and an elastic - all I needed (turns out the leash wasn’t much help). Tatum soaked up so much attention when we returned to the populated side of the lake. Her tail wagged non-stop as humans of all ages and pre-Tatum facial expressions turned into goo at the sight of her. She’s an adventurous tiny soul who would love a fun family. If you know someone perfect for Tatum, let them know that she will be available for adoption very soon from @aarcs in Calgary. #adoptable Thank you @PetSmartCharities of Canada for making this part of my project possible. If we all work together, we can find loving homes for pups (they deserve it).
This is June. She’s a soft, affectionate two year old dog. She took a field trip from the shelter yesterday and she didn’t waste a second. She tried to do everything at once; she jumped and ran and smelled. She waded in the lake, picnicked on its edge, drank from glacial streams, and cuddled every chance given (though there wasn’t enough time for cuddling with all that other stuff to take care of). After hauling me up a hill to a lake, we headed towards a glacier. With my steady pace, June would stop to smell something (bracing her whole body low to ensure she had enough time to appreciate the delicate and complex aromas) and as soon as I was ahead she would spring forward with the agility of a startled cheetah. When we sat down at a creek for sandwiches and kibble, she insisted on taking everything (I was hungry, too, so we moved to a lunch spot where I could control the food situation #controlissues). After our hike, June eagerly chose my car at the parking lot. She jumped in with an animated too-high leap and waited for me to join her. June doesn’t have a foster home; she unknowingly relies on a group of dedicated volunteers to care for her each day in Airdrie. One of those volunteers is a dear friend (of mine and of June - that’s how we met). If you know someone who would love June forever or just for a little while, she’s available for adoption or foster from @ejrescuecanada in Airdrie, Alberta. #adoptable #fosteringsaveslives Huge June love to Heidi Wagner, Barb & Bob Lindsay, and Charlie McAnulty for helping get June into the mountains for a very deserved and appreciated run around.
This is Odin. He’s just about a year old and has a very special virtue: patience. Gentle and tolerant, like old Beans, Odin endured full Anna attention for nearly 24 hours. Anna can be lots for someone coming from an Anna-less existence, but Odin never once asked her to quit. He’s easygoing and sweet. I brought Anna on Odin’s adventure because he seems happiest with dogs around. For some reason (that I don’t know), vehicles repel Odin. He can get within a few meters of a car door handle before the force effects him. The repulsion shows in one of two ways: either he’s forced off on a tangential path or his legs weaken and his body becomes one with the ground. Fortunately, Odin’s love of food is strong enough to overcome the repulsion of the vehicle. #loveconquersall We did a lot of eating in the car to pair being in a car with something good (Anna and I didn’t need the positive reinforcement, but we joined in for solidarity). Though having Anna come along helped with Odin’s anxiety and Beans’s relaxation, it didn’t help with hiking. Walking on a leash attached to Anna is challenging (I like a good challenge), but being tethered to Anna and Odin at once is not good for one’s blood pressure. #whatatangledwebweweave After a couple km into the trail, I submitted. Giving up didn’t feel nice for me, but Odin and Anna had no idea of my hopes and goals for the day, so weren’t bothered. The day turned into a 300km multi stop-and-explore tour to some special spots along a mountain loop route. With many stops to practice loading into the car, Odin progressed from veering away/being lifted as dead weight to jumping in himself after snacks. He even slept for a big portion of the return to Garcia Rescue. If you know someone who is looking for a sweet boy who’s willing to compromise (even on things he’s quite adamant about), let them know about Odin. He’s available from @garciarescue. #adoptable Thank you Scout & Onyx for supporting this home-finding project.
A photo of a dog with a home. Our buddy Prim is so good at settling in that her foster home is now her forever home. I could see that Prim’s foster human was a bit reluctant to send Prim for an adoption adventure as she was pretty attached to the big lug. I recalled forcing myself to try to make Anna (then Storm) the best adoptable story possible despite wanting to keep her for myself. Prim’s foster human did it to increase Prim’s chance of finding the perfect home. When caring for animals, it’s so important to put their needs ahead of our own desires and egos. Being willing to let a loved one go to a place they will have the best life (if that’s not with you) is an incredibly hard thing to do, but comes naturally (as demonstrated by the lady in that strange story who didn’t want Solomon to cut her baby in half). I’m so happy about this foster fail. Happy trails, little buddy. #fosterfail
This is Hamlet. At 10 months old, he’s relatively big and appropriately floppy. Hamlet came with me yesterday to check the situation in Highwood Pass. It was snowy, flowers were in bloom, and there were very many humans. Perfect for a fluffy, social pup who appreciates the journey (more than the destination). Hamlet seemed less into the physical act of hiking than the innumerable other domestic animals out in the wild today. He trudged doggedly along the path to my seemingly arbitrary destination (the car/where we started), stopping eagerly to greet anyone who wanted to say hi. He made a few friends and had a few missed connections. When we paused for snacks, he seemed shocked (betrayed, even) that he had licorice and dry liver in his pack the whole time. He didn’t realize until both were in my possession and I was rationing them out (like I was the one who carried them up there). I suppose this is a good introduction to the injustices in life (especially dog life).. As a wise man once said: this world is rough and if a man’s gonna make it he’s gotta be tough. If you know someone who would love a gentle, social, agreeable pup, let them know that Hamlet is available from @aarcs. #adoptable Special Hamlet salutations to Peter Sistrom in Brooklyn for supporting this project of adventures for adoptable dogs.
This is Pumbaa. Like most 9 week old pups, his favorite things are playing, eating, and pooping (none of these are location specific/should be done whenever possible). Pumbaa is not shy, nor does he let his tiny physical existence dictate his fate. He will accept invites to wrestle many weight classes above his own. He won’t be carried when there’s a new trail to smell (until it’s all smelled, then [you may carry me]). Pumbaa and I got to be part of a special project yesterday that VCA Canada is doing, so our adoption adventure had more humans and cameras than normal (moot point for Pumbaa, he knows no “normal” yet). Pumbaa didn’t let the lenses influence his confidence; he climbed and clambered over too-big rocks and logs. He even hauled his duck up the mountain path. He’s available soon for adoption from @garciarescue, but this little pooper received multiple applications yesterday, so he’s likely off the market. Pumbaa’s mother is no other than Nuka from last week’s group volunteer hike who is currently available for adoption. She’s beautiful and keen and 1-2 years old. #adoptable Thank you @vca_canada for helping to bring awareness to the strange volunteer possibilities that exist for any dog lover who ever wondered what to do with a day off.